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'Coronation Street': Bruno Langley on Todd's return, future stories

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Bruno Langley

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Bruno Langley



Coronation Street welcomes back Todd Grimshaw next week, but his return may not be good news for the locals as he now has a nastier edge.

Following a tough time in London, Todd shows a ruthless and selfish side as he tries to exploit various situations for his own benefit - but how long will his mum Eileen put up with such bad behaviour?

Here, we catch up with Bruno Langley - who plays Todd - for all the gossip on his return to the street.

How does it feel to be back on Coronation Street?
"I've been doing theatre for the past year, so it's been a case of getting used to the cameras again, hitting your marks and everything you don't have to do when you're on the stage. My first scene was with Antony Cotton [who plays Sean] and he really helped me out. We also did a day of family scenes in the Grimshaws' house, which gave me a chance to cement myself back into the family unit. It was like being back at home."

Did you worry about whether you'd be able to easily step back into Todd's shoes?
"You do try to remember who he was and what he was about, but he's changed now. Whatever acting job I'm doing, I try to bring a lot of myself to the part - but some of the things that Todd is doing at the moment are definitely nothing like me!

"I did look at some old YouTube clips and it was the time when Richard Hillman was in the show. I was watching everyone else and how much everyone's hairstyles have changed!"

Why is Todd back in Weatherfield?
"There's a lot of backstory - maybe things that the writers have discussed and I don't know about. The story is that Todd has burned all of his bridges in London and he's annoyed a lot of people there. Everyone's had enough of him and he has nowhere else to go, so that's why he's back. He's used to living the high life in London, so there are other places he'd rather be than Weatherfield."

Todd introduces Eileen to his boyfriend Alex.

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Todd back home at the Grimshaws'



Can you tell us a bit more about Todd's new-found nasty side?
"Whatever happened to him in London has obviously made him a bit jaded. I think he's a bit more confident about himself, his sexuality and how he can use people to better himself. I think he's using anyone he can. It feels bad to say that he's using his mum, but he doesn't have anywhere to live so he is using her too. I've been filming some scenes today where Eileen is growing tired of Todd and his ways, but I don't know where it's going.

"You'll see that he's being horrible to everyone and he's leading people on. He's leading Sean on, because he knows that Sean fancies him. It's awful! I did some scenes today where Sean went crying off upstairs!

"I don't know what's happened to make Todd like this and I don't know if I'll find out, but it's more interesting for me because he was just a nice guy before. I'm aware not to push it too far, though. The audience are quite clever and you can't stray too far from what he was."

How does Jason feel to see Todd back?
"We've not had a scene yet where we've had a heart-to-heart. I imagine that Jason will put Todd in his place. We're very split apart at the moment."

Is there still awkwardness between Todd and Nick?
"Yeah, there is. Obviously the character of Nick is going through a lot at the moment, but we've had one scene so far - a confrontation at the Bistro. Todd tries to get a job there which leads to tension, especially as Gail is there. We've not had a full-on Grimshaw/Platt row yet, but I think that's where it's going."

Nick learns that Todd is working at the bar.

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Nick confronts Todd at the Bistro



What's coming up for Todd and Marcus?
"I think Todd wants to split Marcus and Maria up, just because he can. Again, that's something I'd never do. I'm not the kind of person who enjoys the drama of splitting people up, but obviously Todd does, which is great for me to play."

Will Todd get a job on the street?
"Yeah, he works at Streetcars on the switchboard! I'm having a few shifts as Steve is doing Eileen a favour. The scenes are really hard as Todd is very good at multitasking! In one scene I had to drink a cup of tea, eat a biscuit, throw a ball of paper and answer an imaginary phone call! I cannot multitask, so that was the hardest scene I've ever done! (Laughs.)

"There are some scenes where Todd is being quite rude to Steve and Lloyd. I'm not sure how long he'll last there or if he'll end up working in the knicker factory!"

As Bruno, what drew you back to the show?
"I recently moved back to the area and I can walk to work! I didn't have an agent for about three months, because my agent left to become a photographer. When I got a new agent, he called me a week later to let me know that Corrie had been in touch. It seemed like it was meant to be.

"My son is not far away as he's in Bolton, so it means a lot to me that I can take him to school. The other day I took him to school and came to work, and that's an amazing thing to have as an actor, because we're usually here, there and everywhere. Corrie is the closest thing to a 9-5 job as we work Mondays to Fridays and then I have the weekends off with my boy."

Todd feeds Sean a story.

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Todd's return story sees him manipulate Sean



Are you hoping to stick around on the show?
"Yeah, I wouldn't mind! It'd be nice to stick around for a couple of years. Stuart Blackburn, the producer, has said that he's keen to have me around while he's here. That's really nice because he's obviously got confidence in me and the character."

Had you been approached over a permanent return before?
"There's been a few times when I've been working on other jobs, so I couldn't do it. There's also been times when I've said I was available, but they said they couldn't do it at that point. Different producers have different ideas - it's just fortunate that Stuart likes the Grimshaw family and he's bringing old faces back."

Why did you leave in the first place?
"There's a number of reasons. There's a few personal ones, but at the time there was a lot of pressure on me and the character. There was a lot of media interest and I was quite young, so a lot of it was quite hard for me to deal with. I took the decision to leave and I wouldn't change it."

Eileen questions Todd about his life in London he layers lie upon lie, leaving Eileen struggling to maintain her genial facade.

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Eileen questions Todd about his life in London



Was it ever tough for you after leaving?
"Yeah, it was at times. I've had periods of not working. I've had some really great jobs and then some harder periods. I'm not very good at auditions - I'm terrible! It's hard when there are times you can't support your son, but that's the game we're in.

"I did some bar work in London between acting jobs until a newspaper printed a story about it, so I had to quit that one. I spoke to my agent and he told me it wasn't really a good thing to be doing. But I was about to go on a tour and was bored!"

How did you prepare for getting back on screen? Did you want to get in shape?
"A little bit! There's a scene I'm filming next week where I have to take my top off in the Bistro! In the story, Sean buys Todd a new shirt which costs him a lot, so he tries it on. Todd is trying to impress Marcus, so he's showing off a bit and it's all for Marcus's benefit. Maria is blissfully unaware of all this at the moment.

"I've been doing a lot of running anyway as I did the London Marathon, so the last time I was here I think I was quite a bit bigger."

Will Todd get his comeuppance after causing so much trouble?
"In soaps everybody usually does, don't they? It'll take time but I assume that he'll be caught out in a situation and be backed into a corner. At the moment, Eileen is trying to see the good side in him but I think Todd's been demoted now to 'son number two'. Jason is number one, but that's fine with me!"

> Read more 'Coronation Street' spoilers and news

Coronation Street airs Todd's return on Monday, November 4 at 7.30pm on ITV.

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